Globe & Mail combs through metacritic reviews of movies based on games to determine the best (or, as the headline notes, least bad) video game movies ever made, as well as the 10 worst. Number one? Mortal Kombat. Things go downhill from there.
From the story:
"This weekend I watched In the Name of the King, a movie loosely based on Gas Powered Games' Dungeon Siege RPGs. It was directed by Uwe Boll, a modern day Ed Wood notorious for his terrible film adaptations of games like Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead, and, most recently, Postal.
Obviously, it was really bad. I knew it would be, but I'm a sucker for movies based on games-and I use the term "sucker" in its sincerest sense. I've watched dozens of films based on games, and I can count on the fingers of one hand those that provided even a shred of legitimate entertainment. Yet I keep coming back.
What's more, part of me still holds hope for upcoming movies based on games. I can't wait for this fall's Max Payne, in which Mark Whalberg will take on the role of the game's titular hardboiled cop. And next year's Prince of Persia, based on Ubisoft's popular fantasy/parkour game, will purportedly showcase the talents of director Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). There's no way these movies can be terrible, is there?
Of course there is. As proof, I offer the following evidence..."